I would say for any Realtor out there that networking is the most valuable piece of the business puzzle. Lead generating systems are nice, safe and easy; but, anyone who has been a Real Estate agent for the last couple of years knows that they are not always the most valuable leads out there. My experience has been that those who have been converted to clients as "cold calls" have been the really rare gems.
Networking can be done in many ways. You can network via:
- Linked In
- Local Chamber
- Book Group
And the list could keep going…
It is a matter of getting and staying involved. You do not have be obvious about being a Realtor – talking about properties all the time. I always wear my Realtor pin to events to show people that I am apart of an elite group. But, be open to answer questions when asked…. The magical phrase of "I do not know; let me look it up for you." also seem to earn praise.
Networking should be a positive 10 letter word in your book.
Most days I sit at my desk and I count my blessings from a career in Real Estate that I so adore and love. It is not the career that I thought of or imagined myself having when I "grow up". If you would have asked the 18 year old Katie if she would imagine herself in this type of job one day, she probably would have told you no in a very colorful way. This is far and away NOT the life I imagined for myself. But, I grew and got real.
There is something very satisfying in the simplicity of a Real Estate deal. There are in essence, very few complications to a Real Estate deal. However when you add the human element then the whole wad can become complex and difficult in a hurry. In my opinion, Real Estate is neither for the faint of heart nor for those who want to make a quick buck.
It takes time, patience, perseverance, luck, and most of all, people skills to accomplish what most people have come to think as a simple Real Estate deal.
Foreclosures are still climbing in Ohio, and even with all of the four-letter government solutions (HAMP, HAFA, HARP) it’s simply not enough. People have been drowning, being forced to walk away from their homes and take huge hits on their credit scores. A short sale offers homeowners who are facing foreclosure a way to minimize damage to their credit so that they can purchase another home sooner, but the paperwork required for a short sale can be daunting. Without the proper guidance, there are a number of risks. That’s why Northwest Title has partnered with Madison & Rosan LLP and Superior Real Estate Advisers create The Short Sale Solution.
Madison & Rosan LLP specializes in real estate law and Kristan E. Rosan, Esq., has extensive experience handling short sales. She formerly served as Chief Legal Counsel with the Ohio Division of Real Estate. Superior Real Estate Advisers is a national short sales facilitator that has handled hundreds of successful short sales transactions with the largest mortgage companies in the country. Northwest Title is Ohio’s premier title company, and I am a certified continuing education instructor, teaching courses on minimizing risk in short sales to Ohio real estate professionals.
The Short Sale Solution came about from our collective experience of seeing clients, colleagues, and homeowners frustrated by a process that was intended to ease the pain of the feeble housing market. Our primary goal is to help homeowners avoid foreclosure and get out from under the weight of their mortgages. We provide expedited, professional expertise to realtors and home sellers throughout the entire short sales process. Simplifying the short sales process and helping more people resolve their housing issues while minimizing risk is our number-one priority.
By providing realtors and homeowners the comprehensive professional and legal advice that can be so critical, The Short Sale Solution is making a difference. The paperwork involved in a short sale can be time-consuming and complicated, but our team of professionals are experts who know all of the ins and outs of the short sales process and can get transactions closed. Most important, the service is available for a flat fee, which makes it an affordable, effective solution for realtors and homeowners.
The Short Sale Solution is offering a much needed service to Ohio homeowners. The attorneys, facilitators, and title company work together to protect the seller, navigate the short sale process, and create a successful closing. Realtors interested in using The Short Sale Solution should contact Northwest Title at 614-451-6313.